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that is the debate that is going to rage, especially after that nra presser today in washington. but for this town, for this moment, for this day, it is not about that. it is very important, but it is about the people and the victims and remembering them and commemorating them in beautiful ways just like this one, brooke. >> absolutely, poppy harlow, thank you so much for us in newtown. wasn't thrill a presser the nra gave, a statement, no questions answered afterward. the nra also held a moment of silence at 9:30 this morning today for the 20 children and the 6 adults slaughtered last friday in newtown schoolhouse. but hours later, the nra spelled out its own plan to prevent similar massacres in the future. the message from wayne lapierre, put guns in every school now. >> and does anybody really believe that the next adam lanza isn't planning his attack on a school, he's already identified at this very moment? how many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame? the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. i call on congress today to act immediatel
here in washington, d.c. we're not so sure we're getting out of town yet. >> they should be plans you can cancel if case you have to go right back to work. let me ask a question. jessica says pressure is a great motivator. talk about pressure last night on speaker boehner, couldn't get enough support from his own party for his plan. what does that mean for any kind of bipartisan plan they might be working out? >> it really does illustrate how difficult it is going to be for democrats to even achieve what the president laid out tonight, a scaled down version. the speaker himself said a couple of times today that he believes that the reason why he didn't get even the majority of the caucus to support him was because of a lot of difficulty voting to raise taxes, voting for anything that can be perceived as a tax increase. well, what the president is talking about even scaled down version is definitely raising taxes. and raising taxes on people making $250,000 or more, at least households, so that's going to be difficult to do. that's why reality check here, talking to democrats and repub
is that? tom foreman is in washington to speculate. good morning. >> reporter: hi, carroll. we don't know what that means. there's been speculation it will have something to do with mental health issues because certainly at a lot of local levels people talked about that on the republican side. people on the conservative side saying that has to be addressed as much, perhaps more than the gun issue itself. so we're expecting that may be the direction to go but the truth is we don't really know. what we do know is that the nra was quiet immediately after this. they often are after such incidents and they usually say as they did this time out of respect for the community and the family involved but now that a little bit of time has passed what we would certainly expect here is that there would be a clear message to the white house and to others which is be careful about overreacting at this point because the nra will push back and certainly they have proven that politically they have the power to do it not only nationally but certainly at the state level. carol? >> tom foreman reporting live
and it's not clear why she purchased them. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> thank you so much. many here in newtown are heading to church services this morning to seek comfort and mourn the loss of their loved ones. we know 12 little girls and 8 boys were shot to death inside sandy hook elementary school. all of them were either 6 or 7 years old. >> among them was e emilie park. she was an exceptional artist that carried around artists and pencils. her father said he gave her a good-bye kiss the last time he saw her alive. >> six adults lost their lives in this tragedy between 27 and 56 years old. that includes 47-year-old principal dawn hochsprung who was married and had two daughters and three stepdaughters. one parent said hochsprung was always smiling. >> the psychologist had a history of working with disabled adults. she was married for 30 years and loved to garden. 30-year-old lauren russo was hired as a permanent substitute teacher. her mother said she always dreamed of teaching and will miss her terribly and take comfort knowing she had achieved that dream. >> the whole town is g
, responsiveness and leadership at the senior levels in washington, tripoli, and benghazi. in a letter to congress secretary of state hillary clinton said she accepted every one of the panel's 24 recommendations. elise joins us from the state department. first of all, elise, characterize this for me. were we expecting this to be as scathing and then again give us a feel for who this panel is and how independent it is. >> ashleigh, i read a lot of these reports in my many years of covering the state department, and it is pretty scathing. i think we expected an honest assessment, a tough assessment, and it was really kind of extremely critical, not only of the state department as a whole but specific bureaus and in talking about this systemic value of senior leadership problems that basically failed not only to protect the consulate in benghazi but also failed to see the warning signs of this very deteriorating situation in benghazi that was really a brewing hot bed of islamic activity. ambassador thomas pickering, admiral mike mullen and the other people that were on this independent panel, really
diplomacy in the years ahead. >> reporter: wolf, with his 30 years in washington and kerry's comfort with the ways of the senate, john kerry might not be a natural partner for the president but the two men have come to respect one another, especially when the president has dispatched him to work on issues in pakistan and afghanistan and sudan. but especially as they joufted with each other during debate prep for many hours in the nevada desert and at camp david, wolf. >> stand by after you hear from the president, right at the top of the hour, 5:00 p.m. eastern, he'll be in the white house briefing room to make a statement on the fiscal cliff. you'll be there as well. thank you, jessica. >>> john kerry's nomination taps what has been a tumultuous time for the white house to find a secretary of state. a look now at the senior senator from massachusetts. >> reporter: many regarded as the worst-kept secret in washington, even in recent senate hearings, john kerry already sounded like he was looking ahead to his future job and the anticipated budget problems with congress. >> that must c
ameritrade. >>> the scene tonight at the washington monument in our nation's capital as people gather to remember those people who are so sadly slaughtered here in connecticut today. children, 20 children in an elementary school. six of the teachers in the elementary school. a nation in mourning, connecticut legislators among those at that candlelight vigil at the washington monument. one of the people who without question it bears to note is caitlin lloyd. she's a first grade teacher at sandy hook elementary school. tonight she is being called a hero because she saved some of the students when the gunfire began to erupt. earlier, she spoke with abc's "world news tonight." >> i put one of my students on top of the toilet. i knew we had to get in there. i was telling them, it's going to be okay, you're going to be all right. i had pulled a bookshelf before i closed the door in front of it so it was completely -- we were completely barricaded in, i turned the lights off. >> did you tell them to be quiet? >> oh, yes, i told them to be quiet. i told them we had to be absolutely quiet. bec
them. brian todd, cnn, washington. >>> well, there is other news as well in washington, house speaker john boehner has agreed to raise taxes on the rich to avert the fiscal cliff. a source tells cnn that boehner has offered to raise tax rates on people making more than $1 million in exchange for entitlement cuts, the white house is still holding to the $250,000 threshold. unless a deal is reached by january 1st, 98% of americans will be hit with a tax increase. >>> egypt's muslim brotherhood declare as narrow victory in the first round of hotly contested constitutional referendum. this is the only first weekend of voting, the rest of the country will vote next weekend. election monitor report some claims of voter intimidation, as well as early poll closings. >>> former south african president, nelson mandala is recovering in a hospital in pretoria. the 94-year-old nobel laureate had gall stones removed yesterday. he was hospitalized last weekend for a lung infection, he's been keeping a low profile for years and is hailed as a hero of democracy in south africa. >>> well, a message of
you very much. president obama challenging washington to do something about gun control. >> summon even one tiny iota of the courage that the teachers, the principal in newtown showed on friday. >>> finally, some real answers about the benghazi attack that killed four americans. we now know more than reason for the grossly inadequate security. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with president obama's call to action against what he calls the national epidemic of gun violence amid the trauma over the newtown school massacre, he has put vice president biden in charge of the agenda that could be submitted to congress next month. and a growing number of americans want action from the government. a brand new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice
determining that security at the physician facility grossly inadequate that leaders in washington ignored repeated requests to add personnel there and after the tragedy that claimed four american lives, there was a lack of transparency, responsiveness, and leadership at the senior levels in libya, and in washington, d.c. our foreign affairs reporter elise lab bot live in washington this morning. what happens next after this report? >> well, soledad, the panel made about 29 recommendations for the state department to get working on. let me go over a few of them quickly. first of them is to strengthen security personnel for the high-threat post. one problem, the consulate relied on temporary, inexperienced staff and local militias not up to the task. they called for tighter securities at facilities and upgrades. a review of fire safety procedures. smoke inhalation killed ambassador stevens and sean smith. and in-depth checks of the threat environment. a big criticism, the state department failed to recognize the deter yoreating security situation, even in the face of other attacks leading u
, what many regarded as the worst-kept secret in washington, even in recent senate hearings john kerry sound like he was looking ahead to the future job and the anticipated battled over the state department budget with with congress. >> that must change and in the next session of the congress i hope it will. >> reporter: he wasn't the president's first choice. u.n. ambassador susan rice took herself out of the running after republican backlash. >> it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice. >> reporter: senator kerry knows himself about being torpedoed by attacks. accused in his 2004 presidential run of lying about his military record in vietnam. >> john kerry has not been honest about what happened in vietnam. >> reporter: and criticized for his 1971 testimony opposing vietnam war. >> how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in vietnam? >>> kerry was painted a flip-flopper and out of touch, and unable to grasp struggles of regular americans and kerry did put president obama, then an unknown politician on the national stage at the democratic conventio
demonstrated. >> one other question. you're going to go back to washington. united states senate. is new federal legislation needed to tighten up gun control in the united states? >> you know, wolf, i think that is a conversation i'm going to have with my colleagues. and today i'm not going to discuss that out of respect to the families and i'm going to be back be again tomorrow. but i'm going to go to washington and i'm going to raise this issue and i think it's time for the conversation to be renewed for the dialogue to begin again and for the senate to consider whether that kind of action is necessary. >> senator blumenthal, thank you for coming in. >> thank you. >> our deep condolences to everyone in the state. they are suffering and so are we. >> thank you. thank you for being here. >>> that's it. what a horrific story. what else could i say? i will be back later. a special three-hour "the situation room" starting at 5:00 p.m. eastern until 8:00 p.m. our coverage will continue. also we're following the latest of secretary hillary clinton. she suffered a concussion. she fainted. she'
, the national rifle association preparing right now to break its silence. live picture now from washington. that's where they're going to speak. wayne lapierre is going to speak, the head of the nra. we got a warning two minutes ago that it would be two minutes. we're waiting for him to show up. the nra is america's premiere gun rights lobby. it may be facing its biggest challenge in years as many americans shocked, they were shocked by newtown and they're calling for tougher restrictions on guns and ammunition, and while we wait for the group's executive director to appear, wayne lapierre, i want to bring in several of my colleagues now. first off, wolf blitzer is here, jessica yellin is at the white house, dana bash on capitol hill, and jeffrey toobin is in new york for us. as we wait, wolf, let's start with you. is this, in fact, a turning point for guns in america? do you think we'll hear anything like that in this press conference? >> i know a lot of attitudes have hardened as a result of what has happened over the past week in newtown, connecticut. you were there, i was there, and people a
in washington is a no vote. vote for nothing. you don't have to explain. if you're willing to move forward and for the sake of our children, soledad, we had 20 beautiful babies that were slaughtered. that cannot be tolerated in america. >> joe manchin says sitting down at the table, carol, is the first step to coming to some meaningful dialogue about what changes to be happened considered to be reasonable on both sides of the issue. >> even in this climate, that's easier said than done. thanks, soledad. >>> now is your chance to talk about one of the big stories of the day, the question is this. what does owning a gun represent to you? there is one industry that is recession proof, the gun industry. americans spend about $3.5 billion every year on guns. even in the days after 20 first graders were shot multiple times gun stores were jammed in case washington decides to clamp down on guns. >> they're going to do something, that's obvious, and people want to get stuff before a ban on whatever comes in, probably magazines, people get scared. >> critics say america's enormous appetite for guns
a major news conference this coming friday, december 21st, in washington, d.c. of course, we'll cover that as well. >>> there has been another deadly shooting in colorado. police say four people are dead in a murder-suicide. lisa sylvester is monitoring that. what do you have, lisa? >> wolf, it's a disturbing story of a woman's 911 strategy. it happened in colorado. authorities say as the call for help came in, a dispatcher heard gunshots, a man saying he was going to kill himself, and then another gunshot. a s.w.a.t. team later found two men and two women dead at the scene. at an nbc team kidnapped in syria is free and unharmed and expressing relief today. richard engel says his crew was captured last week as they crossed from turkey into syria. he believes his kidnappers were militia loyal to the syrian government. >>> the average price of regular self-serve gasoline in the u.s. is now $3.24. the price has fallen every day for almost a month and it could fall to levels not seen in two years. analysts credit in part the better economy and continued high unemployment. wolf? >> lisa, t
" in washington, d.c. howie, a tremendous, enormous amount of media presence here in newtown. what is your impression of how this story unfolded in the news so far? >> wolf, unlike any tragedy that we have collectively lived through, this one has sear under to america's soul. everyone is talking about, everyone is consumed about it and every online conversation on social media sites is about what happened in newtown. i have to tell you for all of the coverage there for you and others, there are times when i have to turn off the tv and other journalists told me this before. the feelings are so raw it is hard to watch. journalists are trained to be objective, but how can any human being be dispassionate about what happened there. >> howie, i'll answer that for you, if i can. >> go ahead, soledad. >> i was going to say the same thing that wolf was going to say. i don't know if you can have no compassion or being passionate about it. sort of focusing on doing a job. i look at all the law enforcement officials here. i can't even imagine what they've been through. many talking about carrying chi
as we go throughout connecticut, georgia, california, washington state. i mean, it is really a powerful, powerful thing to process. >> and we know that even, obviously, people who are most directly involved are going to having the highest impact and greatest impact on them. but, yeah, you are right. the people more remote that have been watching it, learning about it, talking about it, there have been studies on this and find that there is a component of post-traumatic stress even in those populations. we are talking about children here. we typically think about post-traumatic stress in adults. but even after virginia tech, for example, after a few months later, 15% of people who were involved -- went to colleges, who -- watched this very closely, still had some component of it. 77% of students at virginia tech had it. obviously much higher in the people most -- >> 77%? >> three to four months later. it is significant. there's a couple of things to keep in mind. one is that the quicker some of those symptoms and signs are recognized and dealt with, the much better prognosis people have.
with me. i'm brooke baldwin here in atlanta. time to go, as we always do, to washington. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer begins right now. hey, wolf. >> hi, brooke. thanks very much. happening now, the connecticut shooting investigation appears to be moving into a new phase at one crime scene. stand by. >>> a blizzard, rain, and high winds. a winter storm is on the move and holiday travel potentially could be taking a big hit. information you need to know. >>> and a new hollywood film about the hunt for osama bin laden is getting a terrible review from three united states senators. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." right now, the house of representatives is getting closer to a showdown vote on the house speaker's plan to avoid that so-called fiscal cliff. it's a high stakes bargaining chip in the negotiations with president obama and it comes only 12 days before automatic tax hikes and spending cuts go into effect. that could take a painful toll on the u.s. economy. let's go to capitol hill. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is standing by with the
gun safety. we have had majorities and two polls, cbs, "the washington post"/abc saying we need stricter laws, stricter earn forcement, and that's -- that's pretty big shift. as you know, opinion had been shifting away toward more people having guns and the whole idea of a way to solve this problem, if everybody has a gun you can stop the shooter. of course that doubles down on the problem and we have a culture in which guns are more available to young people and that approach. >> the president can't do it alone. he needs cooperation of congress. three basic principles should guide our gun policies. first you have to -- must have a license to own a gun. the license should not be easy to get. so how difficult should it be what would be your parameters? >> i think the permit system now is full of holes. it's determined at the state level. we have very uneven laws. as you know, suzanne, you can -- the permit system as a background check, a waiting peer, that's all very helpful. it done get into whether you know how to use a gun. the kinds of things we do to license people to drive.
, it's a rain maker for new york, philadelphia and washington, but then that moves out by tomorrow afternoon. >> just so i make it home to see mom. >> you'll get there. >> i hope so. thanks, alexandra. >>> two state department officials employees of hillary clinton are testifying right now before the house and senate committees after that blistering report on exactly what went wrong in benghazi, the committee headed by thomas pickering and admiral mike mullen. admiral mullen had this to say. >> while we did not find that any individual u.s. government employee engaged in willful misconduct or knowingly ignored his or her responsibilities, we did conclude that certain state department bureau level senior officials in critical positions of authority and responsibility in washington demonstrated a lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks in their responses to security concerns posed by the special mission. >> a total of four senior state department officials have either resigned or placed on administrative leave in the wake of this report but what about s
'm not very hopeful given what is happening in washington. a lot of clown action down there. there was some good news on housing. consumers doing their part. sales of existing home hit a high, the best we've seen in three years in november. >>> now our fourth story "outfront." breaking news, house speaker john boehner unexpectedly pulled a vote on his own tax plan. he couldn't get enough votes from his own party. now, boehner's plan would have allowed taxes to go up on people making $1 million or more. the reason there was a revolt, some people didn't want any taxes at all. dana bash is our senior congressional correspondent. how did this unravel? how significant is this development that the speaker thought he had the votes and he doesn't seem to. >> reporter: it is very significant. most importantly, when it comes to his leadership. i was speaking to a member of the house republican leadership, who admitted this is really not good. exactly how you framed it, erin. the w40e8 reason for this vote was to show the country, to show americans, and here in washington to show the president that re
about washington state, and she was ready to change her whole life, sell her house and start over just for him, just so he could go to school and -- i mean, he was -- he was her life. >> friends say nancy lanza was a gun enthusiast and had taken up target shooting as a hobby when she introduced to her son adam, but they insist she was always responsible with guns. >> they painted her as some irresponsible gun freak, but she wasn't. she was -- she was the epitome of responsibility. she was a paragon for gun safety. she taught the boys how to use the guns responsibly. >> little did she know that the son she doted on and taught how to use guns would turn those guns on her and children. authorities believe that adam lanza shot and killed her mother as she was lying in bed before taking her guns, two of her handguns and an assault rifle, to sandy hook elementary school. i sat down with some of nancy's friends at one of her favorite places in newtown, a place she went to two to three times a week, and i asked them about who was nancy lanlza. >> about 12 years ago, 12, 13 years ago. yeah, met
paid a $450 million fine for its part in manipulating that same rate. >>> in washington state a dramatic mudslide caught on camera. okay. that's scary. the mudslide knocks the train cars right off the tracks. a long shoreman took a video monday afternoon of this. he says he was working near the hill when he started hearing the soil move. wow. train service now back up and running. no one seriously hurt. >>> just hours ago, "time" magazine unveiled its 2012 person of the year. and who is it? it is president obama. this is the second time president obama is person of the year. "time" also gave him the title in 2008. joining us from new york, radika jones. her third year editing the person of the year issue. welcome. >> good morning. >> good morning. some might say, this is such a safe choice. >> you know, i just read someone say on twitter that a safe choice is usually a smart choice. we're thinking about the news of the year. and the year ahead. but we also are thinking about the legacy of the person of the year archive. we want a choice that will stand up to the test of time.
winter here, that they were planning on moving, that she thought about possibly going to washington state, possibly enrolling her son in a college there. we've been able to trace a little bit of his academic history, wolf. we can tell you, right now, there is no known connection to the sandy hook elementary school. he first appears in public records as a freshman in high school back in 2007, and at that time, we spoke to a security director, who said that adam lanza immediately was identified as a child that needed to be watched. not because he was a threat to other people, that he was so gawky and so awkward that security officials felt that others may be a threat to him. so not only did they keep an eye on him, but also he was, at that time, assigned a school psychologist. he left that school in about 2008. he enrolled in classes at a nearby university, just about 15 minutes from here. he was taking computer science, macro economic, american history. this is a 16-year-old kid, mind you, he was taking those classes. in 2009, he just fell off the grid, never went back to the school. he to
hopeful given what is happening in washington. a lot of clown action down there. there was some good news on housing. sales of existing home hit a high, the best we've seen in three years in november. >>> now our fourth story "outfront." we have news. a scram when for votes on the even the most moderate conservative democrats broke with their party, they said they're not going to help the speaker on this political show boat, and the speaker just simply could not get -- i talked to so many house republicans in the hours and days leading up to this moment who said they simply could not go with the speaker, because they can't go home and tell their constituents that they voted for any tax increases, even those who are millionaires. >> obviously as you say, a huge blow for john boehner. does this put pressure on the president or can the president get it done without the republicans who desserted the speaker? >> he definitely can. it's absolutely a possibility. as i said, the reason this didn't go anywhere is because democrats wouldn't play ball. it would will be a different scenario if the pr
cliff, now, in washington, there could be a deal. at least they're close to a deal, possibly. a source close to the talks tells cnn that house speaker john boehner is willing to hike taxes on the wealthiest americans. that's something the president says must be included in any plan, but speaker boehner previously called tax increases on top earners a nonstarter. his office says there is no deal. >>> president obama seems set to nominate john kerry as his next secretary of state. united nations ambassador susan rice was the expexed choice, but you remember she pulled her name out of the running because of the controversy over her comments in the wake of the benghazi attacks. the formal announcement could come this week. >>> outgoing secretary of state, hillary clinton, is resting at home after suffering a concussion. she has been battling a stomach virus and fainted. her office said it's not severe, but clinton will be forced to skip her appearance in front of the house foreign relations committee this week. she was expected to testify on thursday about the attack in benghazi, libya, on
, no deal in washington. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. "outfront" tonight, desperate for answers. investigators spent the day at the home of 20-year-old adam lanza, sweeping the house for evidence of a motive. behind the rampage in which 20 children were killed and seven adults, including his own mother. there are also new details tonight about nancy lanza's whereabouts in the days before the shooting. deborah fayerick is live outside the home tonight. what has happened there tonight and today? >> it's rather remarkable because the major crime squad has been here all day and as we push into the house, lights are on in the top and bottom floor. now, they brought back the mobile crime lab and they're processing this crime scene. investigators have not retrieved any information from the damaged computer, the one that gunman is alleged to have smashed into pieces. the hard drive so damaged the fbi is having a difficult time getting any data. so what investigators are doing now, about half a dozen of them in the house. they're going through all documents, files, medicine c
not reached a deal. >>> staying in washington, president obama appears set to nominate senator john kerry as his next secretary of state. hillary clinton said she would step down after the first term. susan rice was the expected choice, but she pulled her name out of the running because of the controversy over her comments in the wake of the benghazi attacks. >>> secretary clinton was supposed to testify about benghazi this week, but that's on hold now. she suffered a concussion and now she's resting at home. the secretary has been battling a stomach virus and fainted after becoming dehydrated. her office says it's not severe. >>> it's election day in japan and voters are choosing a new parliament. the election could return former prime minister to office if his liberal democratic party wins and lots of analysts expect that he'll win big. he's promised to get japan's struggling economy back on track. let's go back now to kate bolduan and john berman in connecticut. >> there are news going on around the world and thank you, victor, for keeping us to speed on that. >>> people will be going
of the children. some 20 kids ages 5 to 10 killed in this awful, awful event. i want to go to washington now to bring in cnn's white house correspondent brianna kieler. the president didn't just speak yesterday, he dedicated his weekly address to the shooting victims. >> reporter: that's right. no doubt his address would have been about the looming tax cuts he's working with house republicans on. that was occupying washington, taking up all the oxygen here until this shooting happened. of course, it is not surprising, this is completely shifting the conversation in washington. president obama talking about the connecticut shooting in his weekly address, touching again on a personal note. here's part of it. >> this weekend michelle and i are doing what every parent is doing, holding our children as close as we can and reminding them how much we love them. there are families in connecticut who can't do that today and they need all of us right now. because while nothing can take the place of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend the hand to those in need to remind them that we are the
. >>> all eyes remain on washington to see if lawmakers can strike a deal to avoid tax increases and spending cuts over the next decade. >>> the nikkei 225 index in japan is trading higher today. the win will most likely result in a loosening of japan's monetary policy. >>> despite upbeat on the economic data, markets ended lower last week. it's all about the fiscal cliff, right? could washington be making strides? yesterday, a source familiar with the talks told cnn that house speaker john boehner is willing to extend the debt limit for a year. the ceiling stands at $16.4 trillion. raising it further, requires an acted of congress, something the republicans have opposed since gaining the house in 2010. that news came a day after a source said boehner had suggested higher taxes on americans with annual incomes over $1 million. higher than what the president wants. president wants higher taxes on everybody over $250,000. >> thank you very much. >>> and coming up, much more live from newtown, connecticut, where the nation looked to president obama for comfort last night. and where
. >>> 14 days now. 14 days until we hit the fiscal cliff. we have a friend freenzy of mov washington. let me just do a quick reset here so we can all understand where we stand. so this time yesterday we were reporting a major concession on the part of house speaker john boehner. his very first offer of higher tax rates, higher rates for anyone making more than a million bucks a year. well, quick as a whip here, the president gave some as well. he moved his bar for the tax hike from incomes starting at a quarter million dollars, that with a his earlier stance, to incomes beginning a bit higher at $400,000 a year. the president also offering significant spending cuts, including cuts in social security payments to better off seniors, plus a promise of health savings further down the road. i know, i know it is a lot to follow. bottom line, though, things seem to be moving along, perhaps in the right direction. but then boehner tossed a curveball here. for that, let's go to senior congressional correspondent dana bash who will walk me through this here. let's hold off if you would on the boehn
of the people who weighed in is an ireporter who sent us this video. he's in washington, d.c. he has daughters and he was actually picking up one of his kids at school when he heard the news. here's part of what he says. >> there are so many questions right now, more questions than answers. but what i do know is that we need to find some way to come together around all victims of violence, not just at the sandy hook elementary school. that is the tranl jik news of the day but really figure out what we can do to save our children and make them feel safe. >> i'm talking with you on facebook. joshlevs@cnn.com. this is a photo spread of people mourning all over the world. some of these pictures from all over connecticut. this one is in rio. you will see that there are many pictures of people all over the world holding vigils, sharing the sadness. the one act of one person that destroyed lives, shattered a community, has shattered millions and these emotions are being shared all over the world. we are hearing you. don, i'll be with you later with the latest on the investigation. >> josh levs, thank
of this segment. i would like to it change but i'm not very hopeful given what is happening in washington. a lot of clown action down there. there was some good news on housing. sales of existing home hit a high, the best we've seen in three years in november. >>> now our fourth story "outfront." we have news. a scram when for votes on the hill. the house was expected to vote actually right now. we were expecting to have breaking news that vote was coming in. it would be on speaker john boehner's plan to allow tax to go up on people who make over $1 million a year. but now that vote is in danger because it appears republicans are struggling to find the votes they need. the votes that they thought they had in the can to pass the bill. dana bash is our senior congressional correspondent. how did this unravel? how significant is this development that the speaker thought he had the votes and he doesn't seem to. >> reporter: it is very significant. if you can see over my shoulder, that is house speaker's office. a few moments ago, the house majority leader and other members of the leadership race in
to happen. >> we're going to go back to washington, the united states, new federal legislation needed to tighten up gun control in the united states? >> you know, wolf, that is a conversation i am going to have with my colleagues. today i'm not going to discuss it out of respect to the families. and i'm going to be back again tomorrow. but i'm going to go to washington and i'm going to raise this issue, and i think it's time for the conversation to be renewed. for the dialogue to begin again, and for the senate to consider whether that is necessary. >> let's bring in our white house correspondent briann brianna keilar. what do you see? >> president obama will be headed to newtown to speak at an interfaith vigil. he will be offering his condolences, no doubt striking a tone of uniyuan but not talking about what he sees as the solutions to avert something like this. the white house feels that they don't want to get into specifics about policies they might pursue in the wake of this tragedy. they're afraid that it would be counterproductive, that it would be inappropriate considering thi
mcdonald, a senior washington correspondent for cbc news off the canada. yet another national discussion about guns is under way, and it's so anti-rational, so politically cowardly, so unbearably stupid, that you have to wonder how a nation that has enlightened the world in so many other ways could wallow in this kind of discussion. does this target the united states' image in the eyes of many who look at this and say, really? another gun discussion? >> of course it does, and it does for appropriate reasons. i've been listening to some of the commentary, and you know, we keep talking about the evil of this person and the psychology and, you know, maybe the violence in the culture. all that could explain any one instance. it cannot explain the fact that, as i say, we have 15 times as much gun violence as other countries. we have to be willing to confront the reality that we're way out of line here, and we have something to learn from other people. >> all right. got to take a real critical look at our culture here in the united states. thanks, fareed. really appreciate it. >> re
. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> we're also getting a lot of questions about how you can help those affected. if you want to help, go to cnn.com/impact. john? >> thanks so much, ali. as everyone knows, our focus as much as it can be is on victims. there is an investigation going on right now. there are so many questions. and we're learning more now about the suspected shooter in this case. police say his name is adam lanza. cnn's mary snow is at lanza's home. what can you tell us about the suspected shooter? >> reporter: john, it's believed that he lived with his mother at the home that is behind me now blocked off by police. and in terms of descriptions of him, one neighbor described him as troubled. former classmates described him as very bright, someone who kept to himself socially awkward, and we're also learning from our -- cnn's susan candiotti that a law enforcement official told her that a family member of lanza told investigators that he had a form of autism. >> mary, what do we know about the guns? the weapons that he used in the shooting? we understand there were two pist
held in newtown and across the country. also one just outside the without in washington, d.c. earlier today, president obama ordered flags half staff nationwide for the victims of the tragedy. in an emotional address, he said this to the nation. >> i know there is not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings. kids of their own. >> an extraordinarily emotional president obama earlier today. obviously, so many questions that are emerging after what happened today. a virtual massacre of little, tinny children, and the weapons that were used, nothing short of terrifying. susan candiotti following this today. three different weapons found in different places, very dangerous weapons. >> two weapons found on the shooters himself, in the classroom, where he was found dead. one of them is a glock, and the other is a sig sauer, both handguns, a third weapon found in a car,
professor with the university of washington and stanford's internet and society. i want to turn the wheel a little bit and tell you-all at the same time that social media is a central point of discussion and now part of the story. in the wake of what happened, one thing you are seeing is a lot of people debating gun laws now on face book and on twitter and what should be done about people who have mental illness. social media is also giving people a voice and in some ways, that way, wolf, doing a a lot of good, letting people voice their views. force what the crimes are we are going to stay all over this, wolf, and find out what it is that authorities are looking to crackdown there. >> jeff levels, thanks for that report. >>> here in newtown, connect connect, we are all grieving for the flames of these victims. from the best players in history to the number 1 club in the world. the potential of manchester united unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. i get congested. but now, with zyrtec-d®, i have the proven allergy relief of zyrtec®, plus a powerful decongestant. zy
when their kids kill. first, we want to go our cnn's dana bash in washington. she has a check of headlines. >> president obama appears to ready to nominate senator john kerry as the next secretary of state. a democrat that spoke to kerry tells cnn the announcement could come this week. kerry is currently the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. many colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the senate have expressed support for kerry. he's likely to win senate confirmation easily. the current secretary of state is recovering from a concussion. hillary clinton sustained the injury after she fainted during a bout with the stomach flu. she's being mon toitored by docs who recommend she take the week off. she will not testimony thursday on the september attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >>> the state department is expected to receive an independent advisory review board's report tomorrow. they will receive it on wednesday, and the state department is also expected to present recommendations on improving security at u.s. embassies. >>> a potential breakthrough
outside of the white house in washington, d.c. earlier today, president obama ordered flags to be flown at half staff nationwide in tribute to the victims of this terrible tragedy. in an emotional address, he said this to the nation. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. >> reporter: the president, incredibly emotional as he . a masser of innocent tiny children and the weapons used nothing short of terrifying. our susan candiotti has been following the developments today. three different weapons found in different places, very, very dangerous weapons. >> that's right. two of the weapons were found on the shooter himself n the classroom where he was found dead. one of them is a glock and the other is a cigging sauer. both handguns. a third weapon was found in a car in a vehicle, may have been his outside of the school. >>
to the news. >>> some business out of washington to bring your way. there has been some movement. i say some movement on the plans to avoid the fiscal cliff. and when i say some movement it means plan b because republicans are apparently readying something to consider plan b to try to avoid going off the fiscal cliff. we are counting down two weeks until the deadline. the deal has to be made before then. the republicans are saying that a counteroffer came their way from president obama on taxes and spending as quote not there yet. dana bash joins me live from capitol hill. i know that the speaker of the house spoke just last hour about his concerns and thoughts moving forward. are we getting anything other than rhetoric and platitudes? are we finding further movement ahead? >> reporter: we are definitely getting a lot of rhetoric and platitudes. high stakes positioning and tactical positioning right now as we get closer to that deadline. but big picture of what is going on is that the house speaker went into a meeting and announced he was going to move forward to plan b. what is plan b? he f
reporting from here in newtown ahead. a dad joins us and a family. but first, we go to washington. house speaker john boehner today announced his so-called plan b, that's what he's calling it. if he and the president don't reach a deal on avoiding the fiscal cliff. dana bash takes a look at how that plan adds up and, well, what the president had to say about it. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner negotiating by phone with the president monday afternoon. the speaker's office released this photo to show he is trying to cut a broad deal to reduce the deficit and avert the fiscal cliff even though he's also now pursuing what he calls plan b. >> our plan b would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less and have all of their current rates extended. >> reporter: according to sources in the room, the speaker described this backup plan to house republicans as a way to try to inoculate the gop from political blame if fiscal cliff compromise talks fail. >> his point was we have to face reality and the reality is the president was re-elected, that taxes if we do nothing on every a
to gun laws and a meaningful conversation. and that means not politicizing it in washington. >> we need compromise. >> thank you. >> my pleasure as always. >> most of us can't even imagine what the people here in newtown are going through right now. but tin we spoke to some people didn't have to imagine it. years ago. columbine survivors talk about how they got through their tragedy in 1999. people have doubts about taking aspirin for pain. but they haven't experienced extra strength bayer advanced aspirin. in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. visit fastreliefchallenge.com today for a special trial offer. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader. the heart of a one-to-one relationship. together for your future. ♪ to take a centrum silver multivitamin every day. i told hi
. in washington, a visibly emotional and tearful president obama addressed the nation yesterday afternoon. he offered prayers, solace and support for the victims in this tragedy. >> we've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors, as well. for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know their children's innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain. this evening, michelle and i will do i know what every parent in america will do which is hug our children a little tighter and tell them we love them. and we'll remind each other h
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